How to Heal Cervical Dysplasia Naturally

October 28, 2010 by Michelle | Filed under Health, Natural Remedies, Nutrition, Sexuality, Womens Health.





What is cervical dysplasia?

Your cervix is the lowest part of the uterus which extends down into the vagina. Cervical dysplasia is the appearance of abnormal cells on the lining of the cervix. Abnormal cells are found via pap smear results.

There are usually no symptoms of dysplasia. The condition is quite common in many women and mild cases often go away on their own.

Cervical dysplasia is NOT cancer, it is a cell transformation which COULD at one point transform into cancer. There is no need to panic if you have been diagnosed with cervical dysplasia. The progression into cervical cancer is very slow; it can take over 10 years for cervical dysplasia to develop into cancer – IF it develops into cancer.


Part One: Cervical Dysplasia Classification and Risk Factors

CIN Classification

The classifications of dysplasia are mild, moderate, or severe. In a diagnosis you may see the abbreviation CIN meaning “cervical intraepithelial neoplasia”. The CIN classification tells you how much of the cervical lining has been effected by the abnormal cells.

  • Mild dysplasia (CIN I) indicates that abnormal cells are found on less than 1/3 of the cervical lining
  • Moderate to marked dysplasia (CIN II) indicates that abnormal cells are found on more than 1/3 but less than 2/3 of the cervical lining
  • Severe dysplasia (CIN III) abnormal cells are found on more than 2/3 of the cervical lining

The risk of the lower grades of dysplasia transforming into cancer is very low. There is a higher risk with severe dysplasia transforming but it there is still no need to panic – in most cases progression, if any progression into cervical cancer is SLOW. The next stage is called “carcinoma in situ”. Which indicates the beginning stages of cancer. This still is not full blown cancer although the risk of it developing into cancer is much higher. The last stage is “Invasive carcinoma”. This is cancer. If this stage if left untreated will take over and may be lethal.

Remember, in any stage of cervical dysplasia, pre-cancer, or cancer there are alternative treatments available. You do not have to resort to surgical methods. However, I would advise that in the last 2 stages you seek out a professional in alternative cancer treatment to get adequate support and supervision.

If you are diagnosed with dysplasia do not let anyone (including your medical doctor) invoke panic in you. Concern is usually genuine but being around those who are in constant worry or expecting a negative outcome will effect you with their toxic thinking.

The risks are not as great at the medical system may initially make you believe. A 1999 study from the University of Toronto, Canada showed that it was more likely for mild and moderate cervical dysplasia to return to normal rather than progress into cancer. They found that the chance of mild dysplasia progressing to cancer was only 1% per year. A 1996 Finnish study indicated that 39% and 53% of moderate and mild dysplasia spontaneously regressed to normal. These results are without any treatment; if one supports themselves using natural methods mentioned below chances are much better that any stage of dysplasia will regress to normal.

Risk Factors for Cervical Dysplasia

HPV- HPV is the “human papilloma virus.” Most cases of cervical dysplasia are caused by HPV. HPV is a common virus which most women will come into contact with at some point their lives. Most often HPV clears up by itself without causing abnormal changes in the cervix. The body can naturally fight off HPV and any abnormal cells will return to normal.

When the body does not have adequate immune support and can not fight off the HPV visible changes on the cervix can occur such as dysplasia or warts. There are many different strains of HPV (more than 150 types). HPV effects only certain layers of the skin. The various strains can cause body warts, genital warts, mouth sores, or the development of abnormal cells on the cervix. Very few strains of HPV cause cervical dysplasia; 70% of cervical dysplasia is caused by HPV 16 or 18.

Having multiple sexual partners or having sex with men who had may partners will put one at greater risk for contracting HPV. If you are in a monogamous relationship you have less worry about becoming reinfected with HPV. As with other viruses, you will not become infected with the same strain twice. If you have a new partner or more than one partner, precautions need to be taken, as you can contract another strain of HPV and be at risk for dysplasia returning.

Auto-immune disorders – Suffering from conditions which affect the immune system, such as HIV will impair the body’s ability to fight off infections.

Exposure to Genital Herpes and Chlamydia – Women who have either of these STI’s are at a greater risk for developing dysplasia; they are thought to interfere with the body’s ability to destroy abnormal cells.

Dietary factors – A poor diet, high in refined or processed foods will lead to nutritional deficiencies and reduce the body’s overall health and immunity. Deficiencies in certain nutrients are shown to have a direct link in cases of cervical dysplasia.

Smoking – Smoking weakens the immune system and depletes the body of B vitamins and vitamin C.

Stress- Stress and stress-related disorders also lower immunity and deplete the body of vital nutrients.

Family history of cervical cancer or dysplasia – A history of dysplasia in the family can indicate a greater risk for a woman developing dysplasia herself. But this becomes redundant if a women takes good care of herself and maintain health on all levels.

Hormonal methods of birth control – Oral contraceptives increase cell division rates of cervical cells. The risk of developing dysplasia increases by at least 50% in those using oral contraceptives. Birth control pills also decrease levels of vitamin C, B vitamins, folic acid, and zinc. Research has shown a direct link between low folate levels and abnormal pap smears as well as an increase in the incidence of HPV infection.

Intra Uterine Devices – This form of birth control can irritate the lining of the cervix. The IUD strings hang outside of the uterus where they curl around the opening of the cervix. This can cause an inflammation that mimics abnormal cancer cells.

Multiple pregnancies or pregnancy at a young age – Each time a woman becomes pregnant the cervix becomes weaker, making it more susceptible to cellular abnormalities.

Regular use of Tampons – The mucous membranes inside the vagina are delicate, if you wear tampons for days at a time you are causing irritation to the lining of the vagina and cervix. If one uses tampon regularly each month the irritation will lead an overgrowth of cells in that area. This thickening of the skin is a protective mechanism and is reversible once tampon use ceases

Limit your use of tampons as much as possible. If you need to use one occasionally choose a brand that uses all natural unbleached cotton. Regular tampons and pads contain synthetic fibers, chlorine bleach and dioxin; there is no need to expose your genitals to these known carcinogens. Alternatively try a menstrual cup such as diva cup or the keeper.

Excess vaginal douching – Excess douching changes the environment of the cervix, which can cause it to be more vulnerable to the attack of pathogens. It was found that douching 4 or more times per week increased a woman’s chances of developing dysplasia. It is best not to douche unnecessarily. There is no need to douche on a regular basis, douche only when you have and infection or imbalance in the vagina.

Exposure to excess estrogen and xenoestrogens – One role of estrogen in the body is cell multiplication. Excess estrogen will cause more cells to multiply, often resulting in abnormal cell growth and gynecological cancers. Estrogen should be in a natural balance with progesterone, but often a woman becomes estrogen dominant, increasing the risk for dysplasia.

Excess estrogen also throws off the body’s balance the trace minerals copper and zinc. Excess estrogen can cause a tendency to accumulate copper. Copper and zinc ratios are closely related, so if copper is high, zinc is low. Low zinc levels are related to lowered immunity and more susceptibility to infections from viruses, fungus, and yeast.

Drinking alcohol affects the secretion of estrogen and slows it’s metabolism. When a woman has even one drink, her estrogen levels increase significantly. Alcohol also lowers immunity and zinc levels in the body.

Xenoestrogens are synthetic compounds that mimic the role of estrogen in the body. Xenoestrogens are found in pesticides and other agricultural chemicals, industrial chemicals, petroleum products, car fumes, paint, lunch wrap, PVC and other plastics, laundry detergents, body lotions, sunscreens, preservatives and certain food colorings, hormones from non-organic meats, eggs and dairy, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and birth control pills.

Part Two: Medical Treatments for Cervical Dysplasia

If you have an abnormal pap smear, a doctor may send you for further diagnosis or treatment. Treatment varies depending on the severity of dysplasia. Mild and moderate cases usually require no treatment, but a pap smear or colposcopy every six months is recommended to check if the dysplasia is regressing on its own or progressing into a more severe state.

Common procedures for diagnosis and treatment are:

Colposcopy – A solution of iodine or vinegar is applied to the cervix to turn abnormal cells yellow or white so they can be seen more easily. A small microscope is a then used to get a close look at the cells lining the cervix. Often the microscope is connected to a camera so the woman can see her cervix on a monitor. A colposcopy shows more and has greater reliability than a pap smear. The colposcopy alone is safe and no more invasive than a pap smear; however, most of the time the doctor will ask to take a biopsy along with the colposcopy. You can always request to have only the colposcopy.

Cone Biopsy – The removal of a piece of cervical tissue. A biopsy is performed to determine if the abnormal cells have affected deeper layers of cervical tissue. Many women experience pain, cramping, and bleeding from this procedure. A biopsy is a very disturbing intrusion in the mucousal lining which can actually cause a starting point for the malign transformation. After a biopsy it may take up to six weeks for the biopsy site to heal completely. Risk of any infection in the vagina is much higher after a procedure.

This procedure is also used to remove all of the abnormal tissue. It is standard to remove some of the healthy tissue as well to ensure all abnormal cells are gone. Scarring of the cervix will occur, resulting in less elasticity and possible pain in the area as a result. In some cases too much tissue is removed, increasing the risk of premature labor or miscarriages.

Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) – An electric wire loop is used to remove abnormal cells on the cervix. This procedure results in pain and discomfort usually felt as cramping. Bleeding of the cervix can occur and brown discharge may be present for about 4 weeks afterward. LEEP can result in long term scarring of the cervical lining.

Cryosurgery – Abnormal cells are destroyed by freezing via metal probes and liquid nitrogen . Cramping is usually felt with this procedure. One may experience a watery discharge for the first few weeks after cryosurgery.

Laser surgery – A laser is used to burn off the abnormal cells on the cervix. Cramping is normally felt for a few days post surgery. A watery, blood tinged, or brown discharge may be experienced for a few weeks after the procedure.

Total hysterectomy – The removal of the uterus and the cervix. This procedure is used in more severe cases of dysplasia, carcinoma in situ, or invasive cervical cancer. Hysterectomies are very traumatic surgeries and can lead to sexual dysfunction and hormonal imbalance. A hysterectomy affects the nerves and blood supply to the pelvic region, as well as the function of nearby organs such as the bladder and bowels.

Most of the surgeries do not have a guaranteed success rate. In many cases, they do remove the affected tissue and women will recover without dysplasia returning, but sometimes there is a need for repeat treatment. This will cause multiple traumas to a woman’s body and weeks of healing time after each surgery. Depending on severity of the dysplasia and the amount of tissue removed precautions need to be taken for 3-6 weeks afterward One needs to abstain from sex, high impact sports, douching, tampon use, swimming or using a bath tub for this duration. Some woman may take up to 6 months to heal completely

If your doctor recommends a surgery, make sure you are well informed on what stage of dysplasia you have. Often surgeries are too readily prescribed for women with mild or moderate cases of dysplasia that most of the time will clear up on its own. Surgeries are sometimes completely unnecessary and subject women to invasive procedure that can have long term side effects.

When a woman decides to go ahead with surgery at any stage of dysplasia, underlying causes are never addressed. This results in an increased chance of recurrence. Factors such as overall health, the state of the immune system, and the invasion of viruses are not taken into consideration, even though they are the most important factors affecting the healing process. One cannot think that simply cutting off the piece of abnormal tissue will cure them of a condition that has deep physical, mental, and emotional roots.

Part Three: Natural Therapies for Cervical Dysplasia

There are a variety of ways in which a woman can support her healing process. It is best to use a combination of methods in which you have the most faith. Below are recommendations for dietary factors and supplementation,  herbal healing, vaginal douching, suppositories, yoga and meditation as well as other considerations for alternative healing.

Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

Antioxidants such as vitamins A,C,E, beta-carotene and the trace mineral selenium protect the body’s healthy molecules while neutralizing free radicals and preventing cellular damage. Along with folic acid and B vitamins, antioxidants enhance immune function, increasing the body’s ability to fight viruses and HPV as well as encourage healthy cell growth. It has been found that the lower the levels of these nutrients in the body, the greater the risk of cervical dysplasia.

Vitamin A – A powerful antioxidant that helps protect cells of the cervix from becoming abnormal and may even aid in reversing dysplasia. The body uses vitamin A to promote healthy epithelial cells. Vitamin A increases immune system response to invaders. Vitamin A is fat soluble and therefore is not flushed out of the body. Excess (over 25000 iu) of vitamin A daily can result in toxicity.

Beta-carotene – Is a converted to Vitamin A in the body and has similar effects. High levels of carotenoids are linked with faster clearance time of HPV. Beta-carotene is water soluble and will not become toxic to the body. It is best to use both Vitamin A and Beta-carotene in treatment of cervical dysplasia.

Vitamin B Complex – Low levels of the B vitamins are strongly related to cervical dysplasia and cervical cancer. B vitamins are essential in the livers ability to metabolize estrogen. Low levels of B vitamins can result in excess estrogen levels. B vitamins are also needed for general health and disease resistance.

Along with B Complex, extra B6 is helpful to assist in cancer immunity as well as B12 which is important in proper cell formation and aids in the absorption of folic acid.

Vitamin C – Has antioxidant properties, helps to strengthen and boost epithelial cell integrity, and prevents the development of cancer.

Vitamin E – Has antioxidant properties, increases the availability of oxygen to the cells, prevents excess cell proliferation due to its role is the regulation of cell replication.

Folic Acid – Is critical in the synthesis and repair of DNA. Cells on the cervical lining replace themselves every 7-14 days, the cells are constantly forming DNA, if folate levels are low DNA abnormalities occur and will effect the cervical cells. Folic acid has been shown to reverse the cellular changes that occur with cervical dysplasia. It may also keep the HPV virus from integrating into the DNA.

Folic acid is also sometimes called Vitamin B9, and has a close link with the other B vitamins. Folic Acid works best when taken with Vitamin B12 and Vitamin C.

Folate levels are found to be very low in women with cervical dysplasia. Folic acid is easily destroyed in the cooking process, and can be depleted by alcohol, smoking, oral contraceptives, and other prescription drugs.

Selenium – An antioxidant with claims to aid in the prevention of and the healing of cancer. Low levels of selenium can be related to abnormal pap smears, decreased immune function, Selenium also increases the effects of other antioxidants, such as vitamins A, C, and E. Selenium should not be taken in excess (over 400mcg per day).

Zinc – Important for healthy immune function and balancing excess copper levels in the body. Copper levels are often high in women with cervical abnormalities due to it’s relationship with high estrogen levels.

Recommended Daily Intake

for Women with Cervical Dysplasia:

Vitamin A 10,000-25,000 iu
Beta-carotene 25,000 iu
B complex 100 mg
Vitamin B6 25-50 mg
Vitamin B12 800-1,000 mcg
Vitamin C 1,000-1,500 mg
Vitamin E 400-800 iu
Folic Acid 5 mg
Selenium 200 mcg
Zinc 30 mg

If you plan to take everything that is recommended, the cost of the supplements may add up. I have found that purchasing them online has saved a lot on the cost. The best site I have found for nutritional supplements is iherb.com. You can save even more on iherb.com if you enter the coupon code EME036.

Other supplements

Protease – A high quality protease enzyme will help support the immune system. Protease enzymes cleans up cellular debris such as dead or damaged cells as well as toxins in the blood. These enzymes will break down any protein that does not belong to the body, this includes viruses and other invaders. The required dose is 3-4 capsules per day for 3 months. After 3 months take one month off and get tested. If you need to, repeat the same dosage for an additional 3 months. The best option for a protease supplement is PRX by Theramedix, the next best is Virastop by Enzymedica.

Beta-mannan – A supplement formulated by Dr. Glickman. It is made from concentrated extracts of aloe. Aloe vera is a powerful anti-oxidant, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial. Beta-Mannan helps to support normal immune function and has claims for reversing dysplasia and getting rid of HPV. It seems like many woman have tried Beta-mannan for cervical dysplasia and the reviews are mixed. I would not rely on this product alone, but it may be a good addition to your healing regime.  In my opinion drinking aloe vera juice daily would have just as good of an effect.

Eating a Healthy Diet

Eat a well balanced diet concentrating on fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Reduce significantly or eliminate the intake of refined sugars, processed foods, coffee and alcohol which all deplete your system of B vitamins. Limit dairy products and avoid all non-organic dairy as it contains synthetic hormones. If you eat meat, reduce the intake of red meat and switch to hormone free poultry and fish.

A high intake of fruits and vegetables has a Veggies and Fruitprotective effect against the development of cervical dysplasia into more severe forms. Cruciferous vegetables such as bok choy, cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower contain an anti-cancer substance called di-indole-methane (DIM). Leafy Greens, as well as red and orange fruits and vegetables are rich sources of beta-carotene and other carotenoids which reduce the development of cervical dysplasia. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables making sure to include tomatoes, papaya, tangerines, peaches, carrots, pumpkin and leafy greens such as kale, raw spinach, and parsley. Be sure to incorporate a lot of garlic into your diet to help support the immune system.

Eating whole grains will help regulate hormone level due to their high levels of the B vitamins and Vitamin E. Foods high in folic acid should also be eaten whenever possible, these include brown rice, wheat germ, legumes, and brewer’s yeast. If you eat meat, choose chicken and organ meats because the folic acid content is higher.

Regular Douching

How to douche: Using a bulb syringe or a douche kit lay on your back in an empty bathtub. Insert the douche and retain for 10 minutes. You may find it easier to retain the liquid if the pelvis is tilted upward, you can always use your fingers to close the opening of the vagina to aid in retention.

It is best to douche before bed, so the ingredients can continue working overnight to support the integrity of the reproductive organs.

Golden Seal (Hydrastis canadensis) – Has an astringent action on mucousal tissue; it eliminates abnormal cells and heals inflamed cells. It is also a powerful immune stimulator. Use 1.5 tsp of golden seal root powder in 3 cups of boiling water, steep for 15 minutes, strain and use when lukewarm. Goldenseal will leave yellow stains if it comes into contact with clothing, you may want to use a panty liner after douching with Goldenseal.

Marigold (Calendula officinalis) – An anti-viral, anti inflammatory, anti fungal, and beneficial against yeast. Pour 3 cups boiling water over fresh or dried flowers, let steep and cool to a suitable temperature. Strain before using.

Pau d’ arco (Tabebuia Impetiginosa) – Another immune stimulator with anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. Pau d’ arco also has anti-cancer claims and is also found by the names taheebo and lapacho. Use 2tsp of the bark in 3 cups of water. Boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain and cool before using.

The above douches are best used 3x a week for 3 months.

Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) – Use 1/4 cup of 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide in 2 cups of warm water. Hydrogen peroxide can be used once every other week as a douche.

Vaginal suppositories

Vagistatin – A Combination of Chinese herbs which helps to normalize imbalance of the vagina due to viruses, yeast, fungus, bacteria, and other microbes. The recommended administration for dysplasia is to use the capsules as a vaginal suppository for 1-3 months duration. Do not use Vagistatin and douches, choose either and stick with it. I have only seen Vagistatin sold online; if you are interested click here.

Vitamin A- Can be found as a suppository, or you can break open a capsule and apply the oil onto the cervix. It can be difficult to purchaseVitamin A suppositories through retailers since most will only sell directly to medical or naturopathic physicians.  This is because supervision is advised while using this treatment. Bezwecken Transdermal Systems Inc. and Wise Woman Herbals are two companies sell the suppositories. You can also consider making your own – instructions for making and using Vitamin A suppositories can be found in this article. Treatment length may vary depending on the type of suppository you use, but it is usually advised to cycle their use by using the suppositories every other week.

Acidophilus – Used daily will help to establish a healthy balance of flora in the vagina and prevent growth of harmful bacteria, yeast, and fungus which disturb the environment in the vagina.

St. Johns Wort (Hypericum perforatum) – Apply an oil made from St. Johns Wort every other night inside the vagina. On the other nights it can be used on the area outside of the vagina. According to macrobiotic principles St. Johns Wort produces yang effects; cancer thrives in a yin environment. You can either purchase St. Johns Wort oil or make it your self. To make the oil place the plant and the root in olive oil for 21 days or longer. The oil will take a red color when ready.

Another way to make a more yang environment is to give the genitals mild exposure to sunlight.

Herbs

Herbs should be taken internally to stimulate healing response in the body. An average dose is ½ – 1tsp of powdered herb, or 15 drops of tincture 2-3x day on an empty stomach. Alternatively one can make a tea and drink it throughout the day. Most herbal medicines can be taken for 3 weeks continuously, then take one week off. Make sure you purchase good quality organic herbs – I prefer to buy mine from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) – Is a powerful antioxidant, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and is known to protect the body from developing cancer. Turmerics active ingredient is curcumin which has shown to prevent cell damage and actually reverse cancer. Take a minimum of 1tsp a day, and use liberally in cooking.

Pau d’arco (Tabebuia impetiginosia) – Also known as taheebo has anti-cancer properties as well as being an anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial herb. When drinking as a tea be sure to steep it for 20 minutes beforehand to allow the active ingredients to be released.

Eastern White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis) – Has shown to be successful in clearing up abnormal growths and degenerated epithelial tissue caused by viruses and fungus. Thuja should be used in small doses (less than 40ml per week) as it can easily become toxic.

Chaparral (Larrea mexicana) – Is said to have beneficial effects against the development of cancer. Chaparral also has antioxidant properties, which will protect the cellular damage which leads to cancer. Chaparral is also a good blood and lymph purifier, and is useful against viruses, fungus, and bacteria.

Propolis – Is a resin like bee product with strong anti microbial effects. Propolis inhibits cell division and is shown to have regenerative properties helpful in healing cervical inflammations.

For additional help in boosting the immune system drink echinacea tea and teas from rose hips and acerola which are very high in Vitamin C.

Essential Oils

Lemon Essential Oil (Therapeutic Grade) – Is a strong anti-microbial and immune booster. Use 3 drops of essential oil in a full glass of water 3-4x day. This oil can also be used in a diffuser to spread throughout the house. A good company for therapeutic grade essential oils is Young Living.

Topical Application

Progesterone cream – Many women with cervical dysplasia have estrogen dominance, meaning that there is too much estrogen in the body compared with progesterone. Usually these hormones maintain a balance, but exposure to excess estrogen’s and xenoestrogens in the environment cause these hormones to shift out of balance. Since it is the role of estrogen to tell your cells to proliferate, excess estrogen is a risk factor for cervical dysplasia and cervical cancer. Use of a natural progesterone cream can help to counter-act the effects of excess estrogen. Make sure the cream has only natural progesterone from plant sources and follow the directions for use. Before playing with your hormone you may want to speak with a naturopath to make sure using progesterone cream is right for your situation.

Crystals/Gemstones

Seraphinite – Is known as a powerful healing stone. Seraphinite helps purify the body and eliminate toxins. It is believed to allow old patterns of imbalance or disease to fall away, leaving space for new patterns of health and well-being to form.

Chrysocolla – Is known by Native North Americans as a stone to strengthen the immune system. Chrysocolla is also a very calming stone, allowing one to heal in a state of peace and tranquility.

Yoga and Meditation

Healing Meditation – Perform a daily meditation where you simply concentrate on pouring healing energy into yourself. You can envision your cervix surrounded by a pure white light, and then extend this white light throughout your entire being.

Asanas – If you have a regular yoga practice concentrate on purifying svadhistana chakra, the second chakra which is located in the area of the genitals. Be sure to include in your practice the following asanas which have effects on svadhisthana chakra: Ardha Chandrasana (half moon pose), Shalabhasana (locust pose), Yoni Asana (pose of the vulva), Matsyasana (fish pose), Utthita Dhanurasana (standing bow pose), and Sukhasana (easy pose)

Shitali Pranayama (cooling pranayama) – This is a very healing pranayama with beneficial effects on svadhistana, perform it for at least 30 minutes a day. You can envision that you are bringing in shinning white light with each breath to increase the effectiveness and purification.

Making Love

Making love with propolis cream will help increase immunity and the regeneration of cells.

A woman needs to want to make love and needs to enjoy making love! Having deep orgasms which stimulate the cervix and uterus will also be very beneficial.

The attitude when making love is important; asses your relationship with your partner and decide whether it is supportive to your healing or detrimental. Sex should never be un-friendly or violent towards a woman or her body. A woman should never make love unless she truly wants to; making love without adequate desire can be traumatizing to a woman’s body, especially the cervix. Dr. Christiane Northrup states that problems with a woman’s sexual organs are often related to a her inability to say no to penetration when she wants to but does not think that she should. If this resonates with you work on your ability to refuse or talk to your partner about ways you can resolve the problem.

Part Four: The Healing Mentality

Don’t let the attitude of worried individuals contaminate your mind. Concern from doctors and loved ones is genuine, but feelings of fear and worry will become toxic and effect your healing process. There is no room for any negativity!

Dr. Christiane Northrup says “Remember, through the Law of Attraction, we create the state of our body by the thoughts we think. So young women should be encouraged to see themselves as strong, resilient, happy, and healthy. This is particularly true of any woman contracting HPV – it’s a virus, not a death sentence! Most healthy women will clear the virus successfully from their bodies within two years and never have any cervical abnormalities.”

Surround yourself with loving supportive people and loving thoughts toward yourself. Believe that you have all the power within yourself to heal. The other methods are only there for support.

If you need inspiration for shifting your mentality here are some inspirational writers and speakers on healing through the power of belief and changing mental thought patterns.

Books:

Videos:

Other considerations are NLP (neuro linguistic programming) and hypnosis. Both are powerful methods for shifting thought patterns. You can see a qualified practitioner or there are numerous books and audio CD’s available that allow one to practice these methods on their own.

While working on your mental sphere, take time to analyze your expectations about yourself and determine your capabilities with a realistic attitude. You may be pushing yourself too much in life and need to slow down and take care of yourself. Christiane Northrup writes that cervical dysplasia results “when a woman is conflicted about wanting to be all things to all people, such as the woman who is a mother, works full time and is worried that she does neither of these jobs well enough.” She explains that disorders of the feminine organs are the way in which our body speaks to us. “Often they are telling us that we need to heal from a deeper, often unconscious wounding – the ingrained belief that we are never enough and we are somehow tainted.”

A woman needs to love herself. Feelings of low self worth or unrealistic expectations are extremely detrimental to her physical, mental, and emotional health. Explore different ways in which you can open up, love yourself, and accept and respect your sexuality and your sexual organs.

Monitoring Dysplasia

While you are healing your dysplasia it is important to get a pap smear every 6 months to one year depending on the severity of your dysplasia. You want to keep an eye on the dysplasia to gauge your progress. But keep in mind, the more you see the doctor, the more they will suggest medical treatment. Do not let anyone convince you of going through with surgery if you do not feel that it is right.

You may also want to consider testing for other infections such as candida, yeast, chlamydia, and herpes. These can alter pap smear results. Wait at least 3 months after infections are cleared up before taking another Pap smear.

If you are on Oral Contraception, Depo Provera or have and IUD, switch to another method of Birth Control. If you are using one of these methods it is probably your strongest risk factor in the development of cervical dysplasia. Wait 3-6 months after you have stopped the use of these birth control methods to ensure an accurate pap smear.

To ensure the most reliable pap smear results wait until the second half of your menstrual cycle – at least 5 days after the last day of your menstruation. Also, for 48 hours prior to you pap smear do not have sex, use tampons, or put anything into the vagina – this includes vaginal creams, spermicides, lubricants, and vaginal douches.

Decide What is Right For You

If you believe you have the power within you to heal yourself with natural methods as a support, then by all means, stick with it! Remember, in most individuals it takes a long time for abnormal cells to progress – You have time to improve your immune system and take the necessary steps to get rid of this condition in a natural, non-traumatic way.

If you are not confident in the efficacy of alternative methods, or you tend to worry a lot about the cellular changes, then make your decisions accordingly. Maybe a natural approach is not for you. You need to be comfortable with your chosen method of treatment. In our society, there are very strong opinions surrounding anything that has to do with cancer. It takes a very strong will and determination to break free of this collective subconscious. Assess where you are at and choose a treatment that is right for you.

This is the method I have chosen for myself, and what other women around me are doing and have done to heal themselves. It may not be the route for every woman. Only you know what is right for you, and no one should convince you otherwise.

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40 Responses to “How to Heal Cervical Dysplasia Naturally”

  1. Sabine says:

    Thank you so much! This site is really informative and easy to understand:)
    I am now taking all the Vitamins listed above and really know that I can heal myself from inside out:)

  2. Dee says:

    Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!

    Thank you for this in depth article that is full of great info!
    If you listen to doctors, they will have you go thru unnecessary surgery that results in scarring & more problems for something that will either heal on its own, or can be healed naturally.
    When I find info like this I always thank God/ Spirit for the person/ people who takes the time to share what they know.

  3. Norma says:

    Thank you for all of this invaluable information!

  4. de Vie says:

    great article, thank you.

  5. KK says:

    Thank you for this article. I was at CIN II in 3 areas. 7 months later, I’m now at CIN I and no longer need the LEEP. I took most of the advice above including Beta Carotene, Folic Acid, Multi-vitamin, Beta-mannan. I also stopped birth control and became a vegetarian.

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  7. Angela says:

    Thank you so much for the wonderfully gentle and positive article. It gave me lots of hope, encouragement and plenty of practical advice to heal my cervix naturally. I have been diagnosed with borderline cervical cell changes and they found evidence of high risk HPV at my 3 yearly pap test. I would like to share my experience to help other ladies out there faced with the same challenges.

    I have already been very healthy with trying to eat as much organic produce as possible and exercising dance 4 times weekly. I have done the following supplementation for two months: Multivitamins and minerals, cod liver oil with vitamin A, garlic tables, folic acid, spirulina and I have discovered a new supplement called indole 3 carbinol. I have been drinking Pau d’arco, Echinacea and green tea on a daily basis. I also stopped taking the birth control pill, which I have been on for the last 20 odd years. I have also done a healing Healing Meditation by TheTwinflames I found on YouTube every night before sleeping. I was also lucky enough to have my mum believing that I can heal myself and trusting me and my body’s abilities. She kept on reminding me of this time and time over again.

    I had a colposcopy two months after my initial diagnosis and my results came back all clear with no HPV infection. I will have a follow up pap smear in 6 months time. I will continue with reduced amount of supplementation until then.

  8. Sarah says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for confirming my intuition on all counts!
    my last test revealed CIN II – III and I truly believe I can heal this naturally.
    xx

  9. Sasha says:

    Thank you for the information. I am experiencing my second bout of abnormal test. Back 17 years ago, I was told I had Mild Dysplasia,and HPV. Because it was mild my doctors didn’t seem worried and scheduled me for another pap in 6 months. I had it and it also came back abnormal but still mild. But I was pregnant at the time so they put off the LEEP until after the baby was born. She said sometimes childbirth and shedding the lining clears it up. And it did for a while then I had another abnormal test about 3 yrs later at which time I had the Colpo & LEEP. After the procedure all the abnormal tissue was gone and so was the HPV. In 2011, I had an abnormal pap result, CIN 1 and HPV., I had a colp. Since then I had 1 more abnormal pap 2012, it was progressed some, but not in the CIN 2, range yet. The pap was followed by a Colpo, In Jan 2013. It showed no abnormalities. I felt like I had had my cervix traumatized for nothing. But we scheduled a folow up with a pap or colpo in July. Since that last Colpo I have increased everything.(Supplements, exercise, etc.) I have begun to also meditate. I will not use tampons anymore and try the proteases. Hopefully, by July I can write back with good news!

    Blessings to each of you!

  10. Maddy says:

    Great I say great was just scrolling as I was getting defeated ,now I will do all I have seen. Natural therapy as I belief everything is possible when we Trust our God.Blessed all those who have put these important materials down.I am going to shop the supplements with trust and hope.God Bless all.xx

  11. jashlyn canon says:

    I have HPV & CIN2. Its very early. I just found out this past week and I had had a pap in March everything was OK we went to an outside Ob for a study(non related) but they found this HPV and CINll(2) I am 25 y/o also type 2 diabetic so surgery is so scary since I havent even healed from the sample that they took. I want to try this first. I have been looking at all of the resources and I am wondering How you all took the vitamins?Did you take a multi or each separately what kind, dose or brand…I saw the chart above but I cant figure the most efficient way to balance them all. Please help.

    • Michelle says:

      A Multi-Vitamin will not contain a high enough dosage of the listed nutrients, so it is important to take them separately. A combination called ACES (Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Selenium) will contain a good dosage of these nutrients, if you can find that, it will help cut down on the number of pills taken in a day. Often this combination also comes with added zinc. Carlson Labs makes and ACES formula +zinc.
      Folic acid is always found in a B-Complex formula, but extra will have to be taken to get the therapeutic dosage. If you can find Folate, that is even better as this is the form found in nature. iHerb has a number of different brands that use folate, Life Extensions is one of the better supplement manufacturers, but that extra quality can cost a bit more.
      I later found out that 3,000 mg of the amino acid L-lysine was also useful for me in reversing dysplasia. Life Extensions has a powdered form of lysine, which is actually very economical. If you are ok taking powder, this is definitely the one to go for.
      Try take all these supplements in divided doses if you can, it is better for absorption. I found it really helpful to get little pill containers and separate out the days intake over breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  12. Anna says:

    I’m so relieved I found this article I’m seriously almost in tears. I go in Thursday for the biopsy and exam. I was informed I have severe dysplasia. I have the mirena. It was put in in 2011. I’ve had issues the past year with it an I’m 90% confident its the reason I’m facing this challenge. I also hate the idea of pumping my body with chemicals. I was pushed into the mirena and regret it greatly!

    • Michelle says:

      Thanks Anna for the comment on your experience with the mirena IUD. I am seeing more and more the problems that intra-uterine devices can cause. I had a copper IUD inserted 2 years prior to the time I was diagnosed with dysplasia. I did not think at the time that it contributed to the condition, but I eventually became more aware and had it removed 7 months later.
      I also discovered later on, though some blood work, that my zinc levels were extremely low and my copper levels very high. Zinc and copper are antagonists to eachother – an excess of one will lead to depleteion of the other. Zinc is crucial for immune function. If zinc is low, then the immune system is less able to fight off infections (such as the HPV virus that causes cervical dysplasia). My doctor was very confident that much of the excess copper in my body was absorbed from the IUD. So, not only does the IUD itself irritate the delicate skin on the cervix, IUD’s with hormones (such as the mirena) add another layer of problems because they affect the hormonal balance of the body, and copper IUD’s may affect the zinc and copper ratio in some women. The insertion of any type of IUD is clearly not a good idea.

  13. Margo says:

    After being diagnosed with high grade cervical changes, the doctor immediately booked me in to get the leep procedure done. I have read horror stories about the leep and wanted to everything in my power not to have to go through it. I found a great naturopath and she prescribed me 20 mg of folic acid twice a day (Yes, 40,000 mg of folic acid a day seems high but I’m fine), 90,000 iu of vitamin A once a day, as well as Vitamin A suppositories which I am taking for 6 days on, 6 days off. I had to complete this treatment for 3 months. I also take 6,000 iu of Vitamin D and 2 tsp of cod liver oil daily. Furthermore, I bought a juicer and starting juicing organic vegetables daily, sometimes even twice a day. When I called the doctor to cancel the Leep she immediately got defensive, told me that there are no homeopathic methods to treat cervical dysplasia, and told me I made the wrong decision. I am scheduled to go back to see her tomorrow for another test to see if my dysplasia is gone or at least improved. I’ll admit, I’m slightly nervous but my hopes are high. The last thing I want her to say to me is “See, I told you it wouldn’t work”. I will re-post when I have my results in a couple of weeks. Fingers crossed!

  14. CIN 3 / CIS Gone says:

    Was diagnosed w/ CIN 3/ Carcinoma in Situ, December 2012. Doc wanted to do conization, I refused and went vegan overnight. Already was into green smoothies, so just kept that up and added more raw fruits and veggies. Had tons of supplements (DIM, green tea, vitamins, etc.), but didn’t really take any of them and they sat on the shelf untouched. Went through brief periods of eating raw garlic (kills everything bad in your body). Anyway, got a 2nd colposcopy 2 weeks ago and everything is clear. The doc just left a voicemail stating “everything looks fine,” so I’m assuming that she didn’t even find CIN 1, b/c she was an extreme alarmist trying to scare/convince me that I had cancer. She didn’t seem to know what to do w/ the results, they shocked her so much. I strongly believe God has given us everything to cure ourselves, and the medical community & big pharma are incapable of replicating it. It comes in the humble, yet powerful forms of raw garlic, greens, etc., all plant foods, cocoa powder, green tea, ginger, curcumin. Now I’m into taking the supplements that sat on the shelf for so long! God bless… :)

  15. sun says:

    any brand of propolis cream you could recommend..

    • Michelle says:

      There are a lot of natural propolis creams available, I found some good ones on iherb. I don’t have personal experience with these particular brands, as I got mine at a local farmer’s market, but the ingredients in these creams are similar or better to what I previously used…think I’ll try one of these next time :) I arranged them from lowest price to highest (on cost per ounce basis). The first one is on sale right now, so it’s an even better deal. The last one looks really awesome as it also contains sea buckthorn oil (a powerful anti-inflammatory) and it is specifically formulated for intimate use. Note: All these creams have an oil base which makes them unsuitable for use with latex condoms.
      Madre Magic All Purpose Skin Cream 4oz
      Medicine Mama’s Sweet Bee Magic All in One Healing Skin Cream 4oz
      Bee Naturals Miracle Skin Cream 2oz
      Bee Rescued Propolis Moisturizing Cream 1oz
      Medicine Mama’s V-Magic Intimate Wellness Cream 2oz

      • Yeli says:

        Hi my name is Yeli i’m 23 yrs old,i don’t have any children, i was just diagnosed with CIN1 and ive been going insane i am also a nursing student which makes me more fearful because of my medical knowledge i’m very appreciative for this article i will start taking my vitamins and changing my eating habits. i also had a question about the propolis cream is it what you would consider a lubricant because if it is i’m a bit skeptical because the doctor specifically told me not to use them? I have a appointment for my next papsmear in 4 months and i am hoping for everything to be clear once again thanks so much for this article

        • Michelle says:

          Hi Yeli,

          I’m glad you are inspired to make some healthy changes!

          Whether I would consider a propolis cream a “lubricant” depends on the other ingredients, Propolis itself does not lubricate, it is actually very sticky, and not suitable to apply to the mucouse membranes in it’s concentrated form. That is why a cream or something of a more lubricating quality is needed to dilute it and apply it comfortably to the gential area. You need to clarify what your doctor meant by “lubricant” and why you should avoid them – I don’t know why your doctor said that, and I don’t know if he/she was referring to products like KY jelly that contain carcinogenic substances (parabens, etc..), or if he/she was referring to anything of a lubricating quality (oils, glycerine, etc..).

          As a side note, if you can be more discriminating about the knowledge you are gaining in your medical studies, it may help ease the fear and the feeling of going “insane”. When I let doctors or other health professionals instill fear in me, it helps me to remember that no one system (medical, naturopathic, etc..) has all the answers or even the right answers for me. Staying open and listening to a what a system can offer is important but discenrment in that process is necessary.

  16. sun says:

    thank you!

  17. GB says:

    Hi…thank you so much for all this great info! I was wondering what type of Vitamin A is used in the suppository version. It is my understanding Vitamin A from beta carotene “converts” to vitamin A in the system so it may be great for oral supplements (no toxicity at high levels) but maybe not so good for suppository use? I’m thinking that since it is not ingested it never converts if using it as a suppository. That leads me to believe it has to be a vitamin A from retinol or similar?? If so, what is the recommended IU for that? i certainly how to avoid toxicity with it since it likely absorbs into the system?? Thanks in advance for your advice!

    • Michelle says:

      Hi GB,
      You are correct, it is Vitamin A that is used in suppositories (usually retinol palmitate) not beta carotene. It definitely does not have to be cod liver oil. Cod liver oil is high in vitamin A, but also has an odor which would turn off most women from using it as a suppository.
      I don’t have a recommended iu for Vitamin A suppositories. I have not used them personally, and the source where I got the original information on vitamin A suppositories has either disappeard or changed it’s url, so I cannot elaborate on what was written previously.
      I did further research and updated that section accordingly. I should have answered your other questions there. Please read that and let me know if anything is still unclear to you.
      It is best to use these under the guidance of a Naturopath if you are concerned with toxicity.

  18. GB says:

    Also…forget to add…if retinol or similar, does that mean it needs to be a cod liver oil?

  19. Michelle B says:

    Hi,

    I had an abnormal pap with ASCUS 3 years ago, i didnt change anything and a year later it was normal. Now 6 months ago I had High Grade dysplasia and had the coposcopy. MD did not do the biopsy just advised a LEEP right away. I wanted to know the exact grade of my dysplasia so i was was upset about no biopsy. I was a smoker. I quit THE DAY of my coposcopy. I was done! I contacted a Naturopathic Doctor a hundred miles away from me. She worked with me to come to appts and over the phone when i couldnt make the drive. I have taken the following daily Fish oil super EFA 2 tabs twice a day, Beta Carotene 150000 IU, Folic Acid 10 mg/day then 5mg every other day after 3 months, DIM 2 tabs, Green Tea extract 2 tabs, 2000mg Vit C 2x/day, D3 2000IU, Vit E 400 IU, Ashwaganda 2 times per day, and Florajen (probiotic). I did a week of Thuja suppositories, week of Healing suppositories, thuja a week, healing a week. Then Green Tea suppositories 2x per week for 8 weeks.
    My appt was TODAY. I changed my diet to no processed foods, organic meat, no refined sugars. Just got home…..hoping to give another woman some hope when i post my results. Dissapointed noone posted their results on here yet. Lo

  20. Eric Pinola says:

    Looking for some of the above people to post their results………wife has mod – severe dysplasia and has a LEEP recommendation. We have 5 young children, and she has no insurance.

    We live a very healthy and crunchy lifestyle already, but are going to increase all recommended items. She is scheduled to meet with a natural path / and to get a full screening so we know where her vitamins levels are. (think that is the best way to describe it?)

    Even looking to go toward the Gerson Therapy side of things. (full raw organic juicing) We use our Vita-Mix more than any other tool in the kitchen already, beside the knives:)

    Would love to here some follow up test results from previous people commenting on this topic.

    Good Luck and God Bless!

    Eric Pinola.

  21. Michelle B says:

    Hello! It has been a LONG ten days but I just got the call with my results. ASCUS!!!!!!! So, i have gone from High Grade mod-severe dysplasia down past Low grade down to ASCUS. It has only been six months. The HPV is still positive which is what the main agenda will be for working with my naturopath. The MD suggested another COLP to see more definitive results but I am going to meet with my naturopathic MD first.
    All I know is I went down from high grade to Ascus in 6 months and i am so glad that I didnt do the LEEP that they recommended I have immediately.
    If anyone has any questions let me know! I am going to keep doing what i’m doing because it is WORKING.

  22. Pavlina says:

    I’m so greatful that websites like this exist..
    About a year ago I was diagnosed with CIN2 and all doctors I asked recommended the laser treatment.
    Deep down I had a feeling I should try and heal naturaly first..I didn’t want to have any unnecessary treatment done but also didn’t want to risk my health.

    I have started juicing fresh vegetable n fruit juices (mostly beetroot, celery, spinach, kale, apples, carrots, ginger..) about 2x or 3x a week.

    Supplements that I believe helped me in a big way was Organic broken cell Chlorella in big doses to cleanse any toxins from your body…plus I took Lepicol to top up on a good bacteria/probiotics.

    Did a couple of colonics at home by myself with home kit you can buy online if you’re willing to try it all :)

    I just wanted to share my story because I know how much it helped me to hear that it is definitely possible to heal naturally..im not saying it’s always the case, but it’s definitely worth giving it a go!!!

    Thank you for all your advice here. Px

  23. Pavlina says:

    I had my tests coming through clear this November and I was all over the moon! :)
    Thank you thank you again

  24. Lisa says:

    My journey in nutritional therapy started with Dr Jonathan Wright and in one of his tomes is a story about a lady who has cervical dysplasea and how she reversed it with vitamin a, folate, b-complex and eating the right foods. Your articles expands on his prescription in such a loving way and covers all aspects, I especially love how you talk about the psychosomatic causes of this illness. Thank you so much for being so thorough.
    Lisa, Integrative Nutrition Student

  25. Jenna says:

    After searching over and over again for informative websites on hpv and natural healing this is the only one that was not only the most informative, but the only one that was reassuring that woman do not have to live in fear every time they have an abnormal pap. I think that I’ve been more terrified due to gynocologists driving fear into me and throwing out the word “cancer” like it’s no big deal. I know that there are other ways to help my body without the need of vaccinations and biopsies and I truly believe that a proper diet and a healthy state of mind is everything I need. Thank you so much for taking the time out of your life to help others by writing this article. It leaves me with wonderful thoughts! :)

  26. Twila says:

    I’m confused about the dosage recommendation for A and Beta Carotene. Since I’m online ordering and they seem to be the same thing. What am I supposed to be taking daily of each of these? A, 25k iu and BC 25k, but the bottles say that they are the one in the same. ?? Can you send a note on this?

    • Michelle says:

      Hi Twila,
      The labeling on Vitamin bottles can be confusing particularly because most manufacturers label Beta Carotene as Vitamin A, even though the two are not the same. Vitamin A is fat-soluble, meaning excess will be stored in the body, so you do want to be careful not to take more than the RDA for long periods of time. Beta Carotene, however is water soluble and will not accumulate in the body. While the body does convert Beta Carotene to Vitamin A, it is most beneficial to take Beta Carotene as well as Vitamin. I suggest to try the dosage recommendations that are outlined in the article: Vitamin A 10,000-25,000 iu and Beta-carotene 25,000 iu.

  27. Dee says:

    This is some great information thank you so much :-)

  28. Michelle B says:

    Hello. I wanted to follow up with my two previous posts. They were in November 2013 at my 6 month check up post HGSIL(high grade).At that 6 month check up pap I had decreased to ASCUS. I am now at my 1 year and just received my NORMAL pap results!! A year ago I was given one option….The LEEP. I found the natural way and am so very happy I did. Natural treatment for cervical dysplasia works people!!!! Best wishes to all who are healing naturally!!

    • Gioco says:

      Hi Michelle thank you for sharing your experience, I’m thinking about following what you did, just wanted to check the quantity of beta carotene it looks too much, is it 150000 or 15000 iu?
      The other thing I wanted to ask you is, what is it these healing suppositories? Where can you buy them?
      Thank you very much

      • Michelle B says:

        Hello Gioco. Good for you!I’m glad you are going the natural route. It is correct, 150000iu beta carotene. I took Betaplex drops from amazon for awhile. Sometimes they aren’t available so I would take 6 tabs of beta carotene 25000 iu tabs. The Healing Suppositories are made by Wise Women Herbals. I got them from my naturopathic doctor but you can get them on Amazon also. I wish you the best of luck in your journey :)

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